LinkedIn Cuts 668 Jobs in Second Layoff Spherical This Yr

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LinkedIn, the skilled social networking platform owned by Microsoft, stated on Monday that it could reduce about 668 jobs, or roughly 3 p.c of its work drive.

The cuts, which have an effect on LinkedIn’s engineering, product, expertise and finance groups, is the corporate’s second spherical of layoffs this yr. In Might, LinkedIn laid off 716 workers worldwide and stated it was lowering its enterprise in China, citing declining demand in an unsure job market.

LinkedIn, which has 19,500 workers throughout 36 workplaces globally, didn’t element the explanations for the job cuts on Monday. In an announcement, the corporate stated it was “streamlining our choice making” and that it could proceed “to spend money on strategic priorities.”

A LinkedIn spokeswoman declined to remark past the assertion. In Might, Ryan Roslansky, LinkedIn’s chief government, stated the corporate was seeing “shifts in buyer conduct and slower income progress.”

In July, LinkedIn stated its income for the three months that resulted in June had grown 5 p.c from a yr earlier, with annual income surpassing $15 billion for the primary time. The rise was pushed by its recruiting enterprise, in keeping with Microsoft’s disclosures. LinkedIn has 950 million customers, a quantity that has elevated for eight consecutive quarters.

LinkedIn, like many tech corporations, has been investing in synthetic intelligence. This month, it introduced a set of A.I.-powered merchandise to assist with advertising and marketing, recruiting and gross sales.